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April 2008       Vol. 37, No. 4       Page  95
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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

The Colorado Bar Association remembers
the lives and contributions of Colorado attorneys.

Frank N. Bales

Frank N. Bales died on February 19, 2008. He was 77.

A graduate of the University of Northern Colorado, Bales attended the University of Colorado Law School. He served with the U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Secret Service, and the U.S. Department of Defense. During his many years of government service, he traveled with U.S. President Eisenhower and Vice-President Nixon. Bales was a proponent of the Strategic Defense Initiative. He also served as a Republican Party delegate.

Bales is survived by his wife Carole, two daughters, three sons, nine grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Alan D. Laff

Alan D. Laff died on February 28, 2008. He was 58.

Laff obtained his undergraduate degree from Tulane University and his JD degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He practiced business, real estate, and trust and estate law and was a CBA member since 1974.

The grandson of two founders of the Rose Medical Center, Laff chaired the Rose Advisory Board since 1995 and served on the Rose Community Foundation’s Committee on Aging. He also served on the Board of Trustees of 9Health Fair.

Laff is survived by his wife Lisa, two daughters, a son, and his mother. Contributions in Laff’s name may be made to the Rose Community Foundation (contact Cathleen Hall at; 9Health Fair (; or Shalom Park (

John E. Lancelot

John E. Lancelot died on February 9, 2008. He was 88.

After serving with the U.S. Army during World War II, Lancelot earned an undergraduate degree from Wichita State University and a JD degree from the University of Kansas Law School. Lancelot was an attorney with the U.S. government until his retirement in 1990.

He is survived by his wife Leona, two sons, and four grandchildren. Contributions in Lancelot’s name may be made to the American Lung Association of Colorado (

John J. Plaine

John J. Plaine died on February 21, 2008. He was 70.

A native of New York, Plaine relocated to Colorado at the age of 34. He practiced trust and estate law in Vail, Aspen, Denver, and New York City. He was a member of the CBA since 1973.

Plaine is survived by two daughters, two sons, and two grandchildren. Contributions in Plaine’s memory may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Northeastern New York Chapter, 423A New Karner Rd., Albany, NY 12205.


The Colorado Bar Foundation (CBF) was established in 1953 and is one means of commemorating members of the legal profession. The CBF functions exclusively for educational and charitable purposes, and promotes the advancement of jurisprudence and the administration of justice in Colorado through grants. Gifts to the CBF are tax-deductible. For complete information and to become a CBF supporter, contact Dana Collier Smith in Denver at (303) 824-5318, (800) 332-6736, or

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